The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The butcher., pp. 16 ff.
16 THE BUTCHER. Though a Butcher is a very useful person to society, yet he is far from being respected. Being habituated to the slaughter of beasts, sheep, &c. the name has been sometimes appropriated by the way of marked odium, to a hardened murderer. Let us not, how- ever, suppose that every Butcher is an un- feeling man; some have been extolled for their humanity and sensibility. The law, however, entertains no great opinion of butchers, having excluded them from being ion a jury. Some Butchers, who are in an extensive line of business, purchase the animals alive, and slaughter them in a yard appropriated for that purpose near their stall; others are in a more confined way, and only purchase half-carcases, or joints. The former have certainly more gain; though, during a very hot summer, they certainly lose much of their meat for want of a speedy consumption. The latter class of Butchers generally reside in streets or roads by themselves. Considerable nicety is re- quired in severing the joints ; and besides a knife and steel, they are obliged to use a chopper, and frequently a saw; also a num- ber of skewers to lake the joints look handsome.
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